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  For Baton Rouge patrol officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, it started with a call from dispatch.

“Have a suspicious code two. He pulled a gun on complainant and told him he couldn’t be around there,” the dispatcher advises.

Minutes later, it ended for 37-year-old Alton Sterling, with five shots fired, and witnesses screaming,“Oh, my God!”

“They shot him?”

“Yes!”

What happened in between? Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie says we still don’t know.

Women's Place, Part 1

Jul 6, 2016

(The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, yet until the 1974 Constitution, women in Louisiana were legal “chattel”, i.e., property of their fathers or husbands. This is the first of a two-part series looking at “a woman’s place” in Louisiana, more than 40 years later.)

A new lawsuit, filed in federal court July first, is challenging the constitutionality of all seven abortion restrictions passed by the Louisiana Legislature this spring.

How did lawmakers do during the sessions this year? It depends on who you ask. The latest scorecard, LSU Student Government’s “Higher Education Report Card,” awarded 34-percent of Louisiana lawmakers A’s, while 26-percent earned F’s .

LSU SGA President Zack Faircloth says the idea came out of something System President F. King Alexander said about fairness.

No confetti showers or champagne toasts greeted today’s start of the new fiscal year. Instead, there’s massive uncertainty.

“I’m assuming you’re not betting your house on your forecast?” State economist Jim Richardson asked.

“I’m not betting any of my money on this,” Legislative fiscal anaylyst Greg Albrecht replied, with a rueful laugh.

The Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business advocacy group, hosted a forum for U.S. senate hopefuls Wednesday. In attendance were Congressman Charles Boustany, Congressman  John Fleming, and state Treasurer John Kennedy.

Boustany warned the audience, “Fact of the matter is, things are worse than you think.”

Fleming said his extreme conservative credentials make him the best pick for the Senate seat: “We need somebody who is an outsider, if not an outcast.”

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